Awards and Honors
Italy Magazine 2013 Blogger Awards – Studentessa Matta Blog was shortlisted in the Category of “Best Art & Culture Blog”. Out of 6 finalists “Studentessa Matta Blog” was voted 3rd by Italy Magazine’s staff & readers in the worldwide competition.
Voice of Italy @I_am_Italy twitter feed (the rotation curation Twitter project for Italy). I was selected to be the voice of Italy for the week of February 9-16 2014 – Week 58: Mattia project coordinator writes: “Melissa, I have to say it was a really interesting week! I liked the variety of your comments! The week has come to an end, but this does not mean the end of the collaboration, you can continue interacting with the page, the project and spreading the word! We’ll continue following you @italiamelissa, for sure! Do the same, folks!
bab.la | Lexiophiles.com Top Language Learning Blogs International Recognition: The Studentessa Matta Blog has been selected 4 years in a row in the worldwide language bloggers competition held by bab.la & Lexiophiles.
2010 – Studentessa Matta Top 100 Language Blogs
2011 – Studentessa Matta Top 100 Language Blogs
2012 – #22 out of 100 Top Blogs
2013 – #6 Twitter Feed & #8 Language Blog
2014 – Studentessa Matta Twitter Feed
2015 – Studentessa Matta Twitter Feed
2016 – Studentessa Matta Youtube Channel
2017 – Studentessa Matta Blog
Director of FAME program for 6 years (Volunteer Fine Art & Music Education Weibel Elementary School
2012 AFS Host Parent for Italian Student
2014 AFS Liaison for Italian Student
Director & Principal of Melissa Design: 2008 International Dairy Food Association recognized Breyers YoCrunch Yogurt Best Package Design / Designed by Melissa
M.A., Art & History, Philosophy : University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B.A., European History, Art History, Studio Art : Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois